1929 ~ 2015
“Let love prompt every deed.”
wonderful husband, father, grandpa, uncle, brother, and
friend continued his eternal progression peacefully on Friday,
March 27, 2015. He had been surrounded for several days
by his devoted wife and loving family.
Sherman was born on September 10, 1929 in Salt Lake City
to loving parents, Leon and Leone Brown. He grew up in the
Pioneer Stake surrounded by extended family and many friends.
He graduated from West High School and continued his education
at the University of Utah where he received his PhD in Chemical
He loved his work as an engineer and excelled in his field.
He worked at University of Utah, Jet Propulsion Lab, Thiokol,
Rocketdyne, and NASA. In 1968 he became a professor of Materials
Science & Engineering at the University of Illinois
in Champaign-Urbana where he taught for 29 years. He loved
teaching and working with the faculty and students. He published
and presented many papers worldwide based on his research
in ceramics and glass.
He loved his Heavenly Father and his Savior, Jesus Christ.
He was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints and served a full-time mission to the
Central States Mission where he developed a life-long love
of missionary work. He served faithfully in many church
callings including bishopric counselor, stake young men’s
leader, high councilor, preparedness specialist, bishop,
and patriarch of the Champaign Illinois Stake. He was a
devoted home teacher.
Even with all of his accomplishments, his greatest love
was his wife and family. He met his Eternal Sweetheart,
Kathryn Anne Smith, in the Pioneer Stake and they were married
by Joseph Fielding Smith in the Salt Lake Temple on September
11, 1953. They were blessed with 5 children: Leon Henry
(deceased), Dannie (Carl) Harper, Anne Crane (Patrick) Pouliot,
Suzanne (James) Stephenson, and Lori (Matt) Waddel. Together
they have 23 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Sherman
loved his family dearly and was always so happy to have
everyone together. Over the years he wrote many encouraging
and inspiring family letters filled with wise counsel to
Sherman was an incredibly honest man. He was an amazing
example of integrity to those who knew him. He lived his
life loving and serving others.
Sherman is survived by his devoted wife, Kathryn, and his
4 daughters and their husbands, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren,
his sisters-in-law: Nola (Sterling, deceased) Weed, Myrna
Smith, Julie (Robert) Lambert, and Linda Brown as well as
many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his
loving parents, his only son, Leon Henry Brown, and his
only brother, David Leon Brown. His family rejoices in knowing
they will ultimately be reunited again as a family and in
the knowledge that he is experiencing a joyful reunion with
Sherman’s family would like to extend our deepest
gratitude to Brighton Hospice Care and the staff at The
Ashford Assisted Living and Memory Care in Highland, Utah.
Their amazing love and care has blessed all of us.
Family and friends may call on Friday, April 3, 2015 from
6:00-8:00 PM at Warenski Funeral Home, 1776 North 900 East,
American Fork, Utah, with Family Prayer at 8:00 PM. A Graveside
Memorial Service will be held at the Salt Lake City Cemetery,
200 North N Street, Salt Lake City, Utah, on Saturday, April
4 at 12:30 PM.